How should relapse be viewed? What are the best ways to avoid relapse? How can relapse be addressed proactively if it does happen?
When a person abuses alcohol, resulting into deeper severe effects, sometimes the only course of action is professional treatment in rehab. But in most cases, alcoholism occurs due to a number of underlying traumatic and chronic ailments that keep contributing towards the act and even after rehab, such feelings may not easily be eliminated. How can relapse in this case be handled? Should relapse be expected, and should it be treated as a set back or planned as part of the treatment.
Of course relapse should be expected after treatment. It is not the chosen path because everyone going to treatment hopes to get out of treatment sober with no craving and going back to a happy daily life. But reality is otherwise because there is no cure to any addiction, in this case alcohol. There is only treatment. The fact is 99% of people in treatment will relapse one day or the other. To answer your question, relapse is always a set back like life is full of set back, but relapse should never be considered as “planned as part of the treatment”. It is the reason patients get in and out of treatment multiple times over the course of a lifetime and the Addiction rehabilitation business is such a huge industry and growing.
Everything Olivier said is true. I agree with you 100%. Relapse may happen, it actually happens – not once or twice, could be several times until you stabilize. Like he said, it helps to treat every relapse as a stage towards recovery, and learn from it, triggers that led you back in there and what – if anything – you did wrong. I don’t care if get 10 relapses provided I never made same mistakes in any of them and I’ve learnt my weaknesses through each one of them uniquely. I would continue into treatment Until I’m fully stable.